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Many artists and creatives deal with challenging experiences that can be detrimental to mental health and their sense of identity.

These challenging experiences may include identity-related issues, fear of failure or difficulty with over-regulation or under-regulation of emotions impacting the creative process. For example, some may experience emotions that are overwhelming, and they make it difficult to maintain healthy relationships and experience satisfaction in daily life.

If you are feeling disconnected from yourself artistically or are struggling with any of the previously mentioned issues, therapy sessions can help you develop coping tools to manage challenges and thrive in creativity and life. You can learn more on this page or by scheduling a therapy session with me at Chelsea Twiss Counseling Services, LLC.


Why artists & creatives schedule therapy

Artists and creatives seek therapy for numerous reasons. Some are simply the common reasons that anyone goes to therapy. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression, healing following a loss, processing trauma, managing stress, and improving relationships just to name a few. 

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Artist-specific reasons that creatives schedule therapy sessions, include:

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  • Navigating creative blocks and obstacles related to creative flow. 

  • Discussing the burden of financial stress and self-employment. 

  • Lost motivation – many artists have the ideas and the skill to create amazing things, but they lack the motivation to complete their creative projects. This lack of motivation may stem from perfectionism. Whatever the reason, art for art’s sake can be healing and fulfilling if you can find the motivation to engage in creativity once more. Therapy can help you reclaim and harness your creative motivation. 

  • Feeling drained or burned out – creativity can be satisfying and energizing. Some people feel compelled to create something, but their creative work leaves them feeling exhausted and drained. 

  • Experiencing self-doubt or imposter syndrome – sharing art with others is a vulnerable experience, and many find themselves too scared of possible rejection to share their work. Others aren’t even able to complete projects because self-doubt leaves them frozen.

How therapy helps

Working with artists and creatives brings me immense joy. Talking about the benefits and struggles of creativity as well as sharing my experience and knowledge of how to harness creative sensibilities toward art and manage challenging experiences associated with this way of life can be a useful aspect of therapy for creatives.

If your artistic inspiration stems from difficult or painful emotions, I can help you process these feelings in therapy as well. Engaging with creativity can be a healing outlet in difficult times and a powerful resource for healing. It is also important to recognize how your relationship with art and creativity can evolve and change over time. These are all topics we can discuss in therapy together.

Learn more with an introductory conversation

I identify as an artist and I’ve made art and creativity a central part of my life. I understand many of the struggles and concerns inherent in being a creative, and I love supporting other artists on their journey. If you’re ready to learn more, email me at to schedule your introductory conversation. Let me know who you are, what you’re interested in discussing, and a little about your goals. I work with people through online therapy sessions. I schedule sessions for Colorado residents as well as residents of any PSYPACT states.

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